Universities Tapping Into Mobile Technology to Engage Students

February 27, 2014

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It’s no secret that college students are constantly on the go and seeking out new ways to get important information, such as lectures and homework assignments, in real time. Universities have answered that call by investing in methods that use smartphones and tablets as educational tools.

Below we highlight some of our members doing exemplary work engaging their students through mobile technology.

University of Missouri Columbia:

• Lectures are available in audio form immediately after class so students can review work anytime, anywhere.
• A specialized lab allows students to create and test applications in the Windows operating system.

Seton Hill University

• Each student is given an iPad Mini upon arrival at the university and an upgraded version two years later.
• No technology restrictions exist on campus—students have freedom and access to use tablets and computers at all times.

University of Maryland, College Park

• Course offerings include “Programming the iPhone,” a class specifically designed to teach iPhone programming and app development.

Stanford University

• An app developed by Stanford students, CourseRank, provides relevant course information such as professor details, advice forum and official rank in one easy location.

Ohio State University Columbus

• The university manages eight official apps available for both iPhone and Android, including a campus emergency alert system.
• The OSU app provides class schedules, grades, and a bus tracker; the athletics app details stats, scores and schedules for all of OSU’s teams, and the ParkMobile app allows students and faculty to pay for campus parking right from their phones.

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